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The ABC's of motivation: personal

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Today, let's get personal! As a word, that is. My trusty Webster's tells me that something is personal (it's an adjective, after all), it is "1 of or peculiar to a certain person; private; individual".

WELL! I can't think of anything much more personal than the motivation to live a healthier, fitter more nourished life! We each one of us has reasons, deep in our hearts, why we want to do this. It could be rooted in love for our families. It could be rooted in a sense of mission or purpose (another great p word). It could be somewhere tied up in our sense of identity (I AM a fit person, no matter what my current body state). It could even be self-identified as something we don't want to share: vanity, or whimsey, or whatever, shallow?

But the important thing about motivation and it being personal is that what motivates me might not motivate you, and vice versa. It does not matter! Don't let anybody tell you your personal motivation isn't worthy of the struggle! It is. Why? Because you as a human being are worthy of it.

Here's the deal: it can change over time! My reasons for wanting to be fit and healthy today are not the same as they were 30 or 40 years ago. Today it's about feeling good for the time I have remaining on the planet, whether that be one day or fifty more years. Perhaps that is a function of where each of us in our sojourn on the planet, but there 'tis. Pass it on. Pass on the message of worthiness. The message of purpose, place, and value.

And pull that motivation out, hold it close to your heart... that prize you want? It's yours for the effort you put in. Go get it today! Spark on! emoticon

  
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_LINDA 10/21/2012 9:37PM

    You are personally showing us how to get motivated and inspired by goals you set for yourself, and mulling it all out in thought provoking blogs! YOU ought to be writing for Sparkpeople!!

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KARIDIAN1 10/21/2012 8:56PM

    You have to do what works for you.

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SLENDERELLA61 10/21/2012 7:47PM

    "Feeling good for the time I have remaining on this planet..." I hadn't thought of it exactly like that, but yes, that is definitely a great motivation! The exercise and the good eating does make you feel really good. Thanks for another great blog and reminding me of some important truth.

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DALID414 10/21/2012 7:31PM

    Some have told me I take things personal, well DUH if they're happening to ME they ARE personal!!

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WATERMELLEN 10/21/2012 6:02PM

    I absolutely agree that my motivation changes . . . not just over the decades, but over the week even now, and sometimes even minute by minute. From the deeply serious/spiritual to the absolutely trivial and superficial. It's all fuel for the hard work that MAINtenance requires!

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MSLZZY 10/21/2012 1:49PM

    You put a good deal of thought into this and
it was a great motivating article for me.
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LINDAKAY228 10/21/2012 12:13PM

    Another great blog! Each person's journey is personal and individual. We have to make it our own personal journey and not what someone else is doing, even though we share a lot of similar ideas and goals.

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DLDMIL 10/21/2012 9:46AM

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ANDI571 10/21/2012 9:18AM

    Words of wisdom. Sometimes we let what others are doing influence us to the point we forget what our own journey entails. Thanks for the reminder that we have to our ownself be true. emoticon

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DEBRITA01 10/21/2012 9:12AM

    Good pep-talk to start this day! emoticon emoticon

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LEANJEAN6 10/21/2012 8:34AM

    Motivation is a struggle for me--but Spark friends , such as yerself, certainly pull me along---Lynda emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 10/21/2012 8:11AM

    AMEN! I have only been "spaking" for 2 yrs. ( 3 in Feb.) and for sure the motivation is very personal and evolving with each new phase of the journey! Excellent blog!! THANK YOU! Hugs

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NEW-CAZ 10/21/2012 8:03AM

    Wonderful inspiring blog again Barb, you have the gift of motivating others emoticon

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DNRAE1 10/21/2012 7:16AM

    Personal motivation! great blog...thank you again for your thoughtful posts. emoticon

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OVERWORKEDJANET 10/21/2012 7:15AM

    You great motivator, you!

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The ABC's of motivation: opportunity

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Today's word is opportunity. According to my version of Webster's, this is "1 a combination of circumstances favorable for the purpose; fit time 2 a good chance or occasion, as to advance oneself".

What could be a more fit time than TODAY? Or NOW? Thing about opportunity is that when it arises, we have to be ready for it! An opportunity to take a trip, or meet someone special, or participate in a joint event... those things happen when they happen. If we don't prepare for them (like, say, for example... that half marathon in a month) we are not able to take advantage of them!

So here's to the opportunities in life to grab a little of whatever motivates us. To be on the lookout for things that can move us in the direction of a healthy life, body, mind and spirit! Because life is good, a fit life better, a healthy one... the best!

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WATERMELLEN 10/21/2012 6:04PM

    True in the short term (parking further from the door, or walking instead of driving) and in the long term (grabbing that opportunity to get ready for winter skiing . . . ).

Yeah. I'm gonna be opportunistic!!

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MSLZZY 10/21/2012 1:49PM

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KARIDIAN1 10/20/2012 10:58PM

    Opportunities are all over, you just need to pick the ones you want.

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DALID414 10/20/2012 1:59PM

    Cheers to Opportunity!!

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SLENDERELLA61 10/20/2012 12:41PM

    You are SO right!! Be awake to opportunities and prepared! It is very motivating to set select an event to prepare for. And it is really cool when an unexpected event comes along and you can do it, because you are prepared!! -Marsha

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JACKIE542 10/20/2012 12:27PM

    Absolutely, If we are not ready, many opportunities can pass us by! emoticon emoticon

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COMETER 10/20/2012 10:31AM

    The thing about opportunities, I find, is that they usually look like pains in the neck initially.

And the challenge we must face is to see them AS opportunities.

And then seize them, and learn from them.

I'm often struck by people's stories of learning and growth--they usually come from an unchosen "opportunity."

Spark on!

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1CRAZYDOG 10/20/2012 10:11AM

    We definitely have to keep our eyes and ears atuned for opportunities! HUGS

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LEANJEAN6 10/20/2012 9:23AM

    Wouldn't it be great to have thje OPPORTUNITY to meet all our Spark friends?-Lynda emoticon

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_LINDA 10/20/2012 8:48AM

    More pearls of wisdom! Seize the day! Don't let it slip by without doing at least one thing toward your healthy goal what ever it may be! Opportunity Opens the door!, you just have to go through it
Enjoy your weekend!

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CATLOVER110 10/20/2012 7:53AM

    You're so right that we have to be ready for it when it arises! Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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NEW-CAZ 10/20/2012 7:42AM

    Great attitude! emoticon

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MAGGIEVAN 10/20/2012 7:30AM

    Good idea. Thanks for sharing.

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DNRAE1 10/20/2012 6:37AM

    Opportunities abound, it's just up to us to grab them and make the best of them! SP is an opportunity to be motivated on a daily basis! Great blog! Have a great weekend. emoticon

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NWLIFESRC 10/20/2012 6:33AM

    Back at ya

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The ABC's of motivation: necessary

Friday, October 19, 2012

Today's word describes an aspect of motivation, that it is necessary to success.

My little Webster's tells me that something that is necessary "1 that cannot be dispensed with; essential; indispensable [the nutriments necessary to life]"

Well, motivation is necessary to living a healthy life, too. For some folks that motivation is inbred, seems they have no trouble making right choices. For those who lack the tools, they need the motivation to find them. For those of us with addictive personalities, we need the motivation to work our programs.

Every single time I have failed in maintaining a weight loss, it was motivation that slipped away. Fortunately for me, there are ways to nudge it back... hanging around positive people, those who also have to make health a priority has been very helpful to me. Spark has a lot of those folks... folks who never tire of hearing that we're starting anew, that we are having a crisis of motivation... and are here with a supportive word or two, including this stellar N-phrase:

"NEVER, ever, ever, give up!" Because, dear Spark friends... we are WORTH this effort. It is necessary to our very existence. And we have our lives to live! Which, remember, are GOOD! Spark on! emoticon

  
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KARIDIAN1 10/19/2012 9:50PM

    Remember Galaxy Quest? Never give up, never surrender!

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SUNNY332 10/19/2012 8:29PM

    Good one, my friend and I so agree.

Thanks! Sunny

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WATERMELLEN 10/19/2012 6:54PM

    Necessary indeed! Actually I'd like to see a "motivators" category for maintainers . . . because that's what matters most.

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NIKKICOLE83 10/19/2012 1:56PM

    It is very necessary. I want to be a mother and knowing that this weight is holding me back not only makes it necessary, it make it urgent!

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DLDMIL 10/19/2012 11:55AM

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1CRAZYDOG 10/19/2012 11:34AM

    emoticon We ARE worth it! Thank you and HUGS!

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WILLOWBROOK5 10/19/2012 10:11AM

    Thanks for another inspiring blog! I have often said losing weight for me is easy enough over all. Eat less. Move more. It is finding and keeping motivation that is my biggest challenge. SP and folks like you sure do help with that crucial factor. Thanks!

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LINDAKAY228 10/19/2012 10:01AM

    Prior to SP, my motivation always slipped away and I didn't have the support to help me get back up on the path again. Since finding SP in 2009 I've had some periods of lagging motivation but my support here has always helped me! Hooray for SP!

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LAURIE5658 10/19/2012 9:32AM

    Barb, this blog is what I am experiencing right now...a motivation crisis. My life has always been like a motivation roller coaster...up and down and all around. Thank you for the reminder that I am not alone.

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SLENDERELLA61 10/19/2012 9:16AM

    Very inspiring. Very real. Very true. Another great blog, Barb!

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1935MARY 10/19/2012 9:13AM

    I needed this.Some times I feel like jumping of the train,but I stop and think of what I have accomplished on this short ride.I feel better than I have in years.My motivation comes from sp and my friends. When I think I am having it rough I read a blog and find some one else is having it rougher, but they are hanging in.If they can do it I can too. We are a family and we have to take care of each other. Remember to smile you're among family. emoticon emoticon

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LEANJEAN6 10/19/2012 8:16AM

    so so true--You motivate me Barb!--I keep telling you that--LOL-Lynda emoticon

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DNRAE1 10/19/2012 8:08AM

    Here's to your morning dose of "Motivation"!! Cheers! emoticon

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_LINDA 10/19/2012 8:06AM

    I too, have never gotten support like I have on Sparks, which makes it a necessary part of my daily routine. To have met so many caring, compassionate people who have become passionate about living a healthy lifestyle and inspiring others along the way by overcoming obstacles is truly amazing.
Spark on indeed!
Have a Fantastic Friday and a great weekend!

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NEW-CAZ 10/19/2012 7:28AM

    I love the support you get on SP , way better than when I tried Weight Watchers many years ago- and SP is so much more informative.
Love reading the blogs of others, often so inspiring!

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The ABC's of motivation: mission

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Today's word is mission. According to my trusty Webster's, one of the definitions of mission is "6 the special task or purpose for which a person is apparently destined in life; calling"

What harmony we have with goal-setting and goal-reaching in this little word! Notice how in the Spark, the first thing we do is identify our values? What is important to us? Why it is we desire to develop these healthier habits? Lose weight (if that indeed is part of what brought us here)?

Mission is all about the why! To be able to fulfil one's mission is a great motivation. Maintaining one's body and mind are part of being able to fulfil one's mission!

But what if you are at a point in life where you have no clue what your mission might be? Why not start figuring it out by developing self-nurturing, self-caring habits that will result in fitness for whatever reveals itself as your mission in life?

As the old Girl Scout motto says, "Be Prepared!"

That said, life is good. Having a purpose in living, priceless. "My mission is to Spark!" (at least for now)

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_LINDA 10/19/2012 2:52AM

    Another food for thought blog! Be prepared indeed. You are the Scout Leader here for sure!!

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KARIDIAN1 10/18/2012 9:43PM

    Right now my mission is to survive some stressful weeks at work. Hope we get a new manager soon. Doing double duty and then some is starting to take it's toll.

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WATERMELLEN 10/18/2012 9:42PM

    Mission: yeah.

Becoming who we're meant to be. Which is a continuous process . . .

Mission is huge in sustaining motivation.

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SLENDERELLA61 10/18/2012 7:19PM

    Another great blog, Barb!! Yes, having a mission is very motivating. Being prepared for the opportunities that present is a very good point, too.

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DLDMIL 10/18/2012 2:55PM

    Well Said. Another great thought provoking blog. emoticon

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LINDAKAY228 10/18/2012 11:06AM

    Sometimes we only find what our mission is when we take time to find ourselves. We can get so busy in every day activities we don't find ourselves because we are lost in others. Taking time to take care of ourselves including food, fitness, and spending some time alone with ourselves is so important.

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TAGSUIT2 10/18/2012 10:48AM

    Well said, always preparing for what's ahead and never looking back. I'm on a mission. emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 10/18/2012 10:26AM

    That's it! Be prepared! No matter what the mission is you still can accomplish it much better with healthy lifestyle habits. HUGS for this blog series, but I appreciate this one in particular! Thanks!

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LAURIE5658 10/18/2012 9:47AM

    Spot on!!!

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LESLIELENORE 10/18/2012 9:05AM

    I don't know what my mission is right now, but I know I want to be fit enough and healthy enough that I can do whatever needs to be done.

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DNRAE1 10/18/2012 8:03AM

    My mission is to be "fit to do everything I want to do"! Great blog, Barb. emoticon

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The ABC's of motivation: legacy

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

According to my little Webster's, a legacy is "2 anything handed down from, or as from, an ancestor".

Legacy comes to my mind as motivation in terms of "living legacy". Anytime I do something "in memory of" or "in honor of" someone I admire or love... I am becoming a living legacy to them.

So when I run a half marathon, "for the November 5th Family" of those who lost lives or functionality in the Fort Hood shooting... or "for my sister in law (who has ALS)" I'm using this as a means to my motivation.

Today I have that sis in law very much in my thoughts. Since I can't make some things in the lives of others better, best I can do is something worthwhile in their honor or memory. Taking care of my own health, spreading the word, making donations where appropriate... and holding them near and dear to my heart... that is my legacy.

So, if you can, do! Live your life in such a way that those who also lived honorably and with good intent are the giants on whose shoulders we stand.

Life is good. Spark on! emoticon

  
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WATERMELLEN 10/18/2012 9:41PM

    This "legacy" concept is an inspired way to sustain motivation and to battle that hopeless feeling we get when we want to help . . . but can't. Love it!

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ANDI571 10/17/2012 11:20PM

    Well said. I use you as an example often on my journey. I know you have left your legacy with me. emoticon

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NIKKICOLE83 10/17/2012 11:09PM

    This is great. My toddler daughter passed away from complications from her special needs a little over two years ago. She would be four on October 27th. I am running a 5k that morning in her honor.

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KAYLA0041 10/17/2012 10:42PM

    as always very articulate and touching.

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COMPUCATHY 10/17/2012 10:01PM

    I so agree! When a friend's father passed away, he was very distraught. In praying for him, I realized I had a message for him...while he was grieving his father...he could not bring him back...but he could be a legacy. That really meant a lot to him. As I grieve for my mother, that is what I also strive to do...to live her legacy. It's what we CAN do...we can be the legacy for those who have come before us. Hope you are having a good October! Thanks for the encouragement! Keep up the good work! Spark on! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KARIDIAN1 10/17/2012 9:37PM

    Very nicely stated.

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DLDMIL 10/17/2012 11:53AM

    very motivational. Thank you for reminding us of what we can do for others.

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_LINDA 10/17/2012 11:44AM

    A woman I met at the bridge club very early in my time there has inspired my by her legacy. She had breast cancer and was given three months to live it was such a virulent strain. But she fought for ten years with everything she had to survive. In spite of the extensive surgeries, the treatments that sickened her, she always was upbeat and postive with a mile wide smile on her face. She used to provide me with support when I was going through my surgeries and pain. She was a special and amazing woman, and why I always support breast cancer research and make donations in honor of her name.
Yes, legacy was an excellent choice!!

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LINDAKAY228 10/17/2012 11:14AM

    I hadn't thought of it that way. Such a special legacy to do the things you are doing in honor of others.

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LESLIELENORE 10/17/2012 9:50AM

    emoticon Our legacy is what we create with our intentions and actions. Great blog!

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1CRAZYDOG 10/17/2012 9:14AM

    What a touching blog. Sometimes we just don't realize how much of what we say and do really IS our legacy!

Prayers for your SIL. ALS is such a devastating disease. **SIGH**


HUGS

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DNRAE1 10/17/2012 7:37AM

    We are all legacies and I choose to try and make mine better, healthier, and more full of life and joy. Thank you, Barb. emoticon

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DEBRA0818 10/17/2012 7:30AM

    We leave traces of ourselves wherever we go, and that is our legacy I think. May the traces always carry with them the love that never dies.

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NEW-CAZ 10/17/2012 7:08AM

    wonderful of you to do such things Barbara, truly insprirational.

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SLENDERELLA61 10/17/2012 7:01AM

    Beautiful! Well said. You are a living legacy! That is motivational. I will more consciously live aware of my legacy. Being a role model for my child and my grandkids is certainly one of my big motivators.

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